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By Blaine Taylor | September 14, 1994
IT'S THE TIME of year for the Defenders' Day re-enactment at Fort McHenry, marking the anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore.But during such re-enactments little mention usually is made of the role African Americans played in the War of 1812. Black soldiers fought on both sides.What whites of that era feared most was a black slave uprising in the wake of the British assault.Some members of the British high command were planning just such a dreaded revolt.After taking command of the newly formed North American Station on Apr. 1, 1814, the next day Vice-Admiral Sir Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane, 55, issued this proclamation to black slaves in the United States that made white Americans' blood run cold:"This is therefore to give notice that all those who may be disposed to emigrate from the United States, will with their families be received on board His Majesty's ships or vessels of war . . . when they will have their choice of either entering into His Majesty's sea or land forces, or of being sent as FREE settlers to the British possessions in North America or the West Indies, where they will meet with all due encouragement."
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By Ron Howell | April 24, 1998
PEOPLE don't often acknowledge it, but the Nation of Islam, headed now by mercurial Minister Louis Farrakhan, once published a newspaper -- Muhammad Speaks -- that ran some of the most incisive and timely reports to be found about black people.No less a figure than the brilliant historian C.L.R. James (a Marxist who could not tolerate the Nation's bizarre black supremacist ideas) said in the early 1970s: "I don't understand their ideology, but whoever edits their newspaper is a genius."For tens of thousands of blacks from sea to sea, Muhammad Speaks offered domestic and international news with a militant black perspective that was unique in the country.
FEATURES
By Janita Poe and Janita Poe,Chicago Tribune | May 27, 1992
Chicago Beryl Fitzpatrick, a Chicago rape counselor and civic activist, has always had a desire to find ways to improve the health, dignity and economic advancement of African-American women.She has had it since her grandmother sat her down and told her a real tale of rape as a 13-year-old, and the resulting motherhood. She has had it since learning from her trade unionist parents that black women were paid less than others for their labor.But Ms. Fitzpatrick, 38, has not always had a women's movement in which to work to bring about these changes.
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By Karin D. Berry and Karin D. Berry,Staff Writer | March 22, 1993
It's black America's dirty little secret: Many African-Americans are prejudiced against each other on the basis of color.Filmmaker Spike Lee explored the problem in his movie "School Daze," and was castigated by many for doing so. Now Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson and Ronald Hall examine the history and implications of this deep-rooted prejudice in "The Color Complex."In the predominantly black neighborhood outside St. Louis where I grew up, we used to recite: "If you're white, you're all right; if you're brown, stick around; if you're black, jump back."
NEWS
By MARTIN C. EVANS | February 16, 1992
They were mostly in their 30s and 40s, old enough to have developed a perspective on life but still young enough to be passionate about it, to dream a different world.They, more than 50 black photographers who worked on documenting black America, milled about in an upstairs exhibition hall at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington one afternoon last week, brought together by the opening of "Songs of My People," an exhibition of the fruits of that documentary effort.Having flown or driven in from as far away as San Jose or as nearby as Upper Marlboro, they greeted each addition to their swelling ranks with collegial admiration and, sometimes, with the uninhibited enthusiasm of those who have shared some inner passage, some transcendent ordeal.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 14, 2001
YOU PROBABLY shouldn't read this column. At least, not if you haven't yet seen the new Denzel Washington movie, Training Day. I'll be giving away a major plot point, so if you want to preserve the element of surprise, turn back now. You see, one spends a good part of the movie trying to figure out whether Mr. Washington's character, an LAPD narcotics detective named Alonzo Harris, is a committed cop or a cop who needs to be committed. Is he, in other words, a good cop whose unorthodox and even illegal methods are necessary to the dirty task at hand, or is he just a swaggering bully whose moral compass slipped down the sewer a long time ago?
NEWS
January 3, 2007
On December 30, 2006, JOSEPH EUGENE BLACK; loving son of Bonita and Thomas Ginn and Raymond and Olga Black; cherished brother of Wayne Black, John Ginn, Wanda Black, Raymond Black, Jr. and Sarah Ginn. A Funeral Service will be held at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Inc., 7922 Wise Avenue, Saturday 10 A.M. Interment Holy Rosary Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M.
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By CARL T. ROWAN | October 28, 1994
Nashville, Tennessee. -- Ayoung news executive asked me for my reaction to that ''Bell Curve'' book about the genetic &L inferiority of black people.I laughed. Confused, he said, ''I thought you'd be angry and call it a dangerous book.''''It is useless, damaging and dangerous in these times of deep racial troubles in America,'' I said.I was laughing because I was reminded of the funny ways in which claims of black inferiority have graduated from the crude and comical to elitist pseudo-scientific.
NEWS
May 16, 2006
On May 14, 2006, LEROY WOODLAND BLACK JR, beloved husband of the late Audrey R. Black (nee Neukomm) loving father of Le Roy Woodland Black, III and his wife Kathy and George Neukomm Black and his wife Chris, he is also survived by granddaughter Michelle Audrey Black, a grandson David Matthew Black and his wife Beth and a great granddaughter, Madeline. Friends may call at the family owned Leonard J. Ruck Inc., Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Rd (at Echodale) Tuesday 2 to 5 P.M. where funeral services will be held Wednesday, 10 A.M. Interment Moreland Memorial Park.
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